Running Through a Fulfilled Life


Race Recap: ACH Steppin Out for Hospice 5K

I have been putting off this race recap hoping that the pictures that were taken would be put online so I could promptly insert them into my post.  Unfortunately, they have not been posted and therefore this post will be brief, to the point, and with very few pictures.  I am LE SAD.  And also LE TIRED.


This race has been a favorite of mine since I ran it last year.  It’s all for a great cause and Alliance Community Hospital does a fantastic job of putting on this nighttime race.  Isn’t nighttime racing just the best?!  The sun goes down, doesn’t bake me and feel like I’m running faster than I actually am.  FTW.

Although the temps were a little warmer than I normally like, I still was ready to get after it.  I warmed up with my Mom and stretched out, hoping that I could put together a semi-decent race.  After my surprisingly happy runfest of a 5K at Canalway, I was really hoping to at least equal that effort.



Oh Look it’s a very Neon colored T-Rex!

Everyone lined up, the National Anthem was sung, and the gun went off.  My only gripe with this race is the crazy start.  The course turns to the left quickly, causing everyone to cut the corner and start running on the sidewalk.  WHICH IS CHEATING BY THE WAY.  I always try to stay on the road, but when someone with headphones almost pile drives you into a telephone pole, it is sometimes hard to avoid running on the curb.


The first mile is slightly downhill, turns into Mount Union’s Campus and then runs through neighborhood streets.  Although mostly flat, there are quite a few rollers from Miles 2-3.  Self talk was the name of the game for this race.  Push here.  Reign it in.  Keep your cadence.  Focus.  Focus.  Focus.

Mile 1 clicked in at 6:48.

Mile 2 clicked in at 7:02

Mile 3 clicked in around 7:12

The last 0.1 was a blur at 6:30 pace.

I left it all out there.  I felt like puking at the end.  But I got a resurgence when I heard someone yell as I was coming back towards ACH that “Here’s the first female!”

To which I thought, what first female?  I had paid little attention to where I was in the overall race, but I was certain there had to be others ahead of me.  Apparently not.

I crossed the finish line in 21:47.  (7:01/mile pace)

Overall: 26/285
Females: 1/158
Division: 1/16



I met up with some old running friends after the race, so great lately to be able to see some very familiar faces…and I can thank Jackie for taking this cool picture of me afterwards!




Race Recap: Canalway Classic 5K #I’mBackB

I did it guys!  I registered for a 5K.  I ran said 5k.  I finished said 5k.  And my knee behaved.  A win on all fronts!

I was slightly nervous going into August 10th’s race day because during the week, my knee was a little sore.  The soreness was totally my fault since I broke my new rules by running 3 days in a row (Holy Dumb, Eli) and obviously paid for it.  I probably spent 20 minutes stretching my hamstring on Friday, foam rolled the heck out of my right leg, iced my knee, and e-stim’d my muscles to throw up the Hail Mary that come Saturday morning it would feel good enough to run upon.

Saturday morning, I was still a little sore, although not nearly as bad as it had been Friday.  So I got dressed in my least matching race outfit ever.  Because you totally look like you mean business when you appear to have been dressed in the dark, while blindfolded, and after being spun around on a baseball bat.

I arrived nearly an hour before race time with my parentals to board the bus over to the starting line.  Walked around, reconnected with familiar faces that probably thought I had fallen off the face of the earth, pottied myself, jogged, stretched, and mentally prepared myself for what was to come.  I was not nervous, which is not normal for me at all.  I was calm and ready to run.  Expecting nothing out of yourself has its perks.

I lined further back than normal from the start line.  Soon after, the gun sounded and we were off.  Since this was my 4th time running this race, I know the course like the back of my hand.  It starts slightly uphill, turns, goes downhill, uphill, turns again onto the Towpath Trail for a nice long flat until you finally veer off the Trail to go uphill and than downhill to the finish.  My totally long run-on sentence essentially means this course is notorious for producing PR City.  Obviously this was not happening for someone 7 weeks off a knee surgery.

I tried to keep my effort feeling hard, but sustainable.  I avoided looking down at my watch and just latched onto a runner I knew that would keep a steady pace.  So what if that runner is over 70 years old.  He’s an awesome runner for his age and I was grateful to him this particular day.  

Mile 1–7:04
Mile 2–7:14
Mile 3–7:12
Mile 0.1–5:50/mile pace
Final Finish: 22:22 (7:12/mile)
Overall: 78/490
Females: 15/263
Age Group: 3/23

Also, can I express how much I love the new ChronoTrack timing system in that I can relive the awful facial expressions I make in live time again and again while finishing races? Totally awesome.

All in all, I am so so so happy with this race result.  I ran much better than expected, didn’t hurt afterwards, and was able to enjoy a wonderful weekend with my ‘rents.  What more could I ask?




Eli in the Jungle

With #OperationComeback in full force, I have tentatively been getting back into the swing of things.  I have continued to cross train, strength train, and throw in the intermittent run.  My goal has been to start with 3 days per week with running and I have found that is more than enough.  I have been a good little girl in that I now STRETCH both BEFORE and AFTER my runs (what the heck is that concept!?) and use things that are referred to as ICE and sometimes IBUPROFEN if I am a little sore.  I am listening to my body and my body is responding with a big

“WTF is this Eli and where did the old one go.

I even put on my big girl pants and in a fit of courage registered for my first race post-surgery on August 10.

I am not expecting anything whatsoever.  I just want to run it A) Pain-free B) Have fun and C) Renew my love for the run.  No goal time.  Goal times can complicate a comeback, and since I have worked up to running 5 miles straight with an average pace of 8:20-8:30/mile  I am expecting something similar pace wise.    Speed will comeback eventually.  I just must have patience and faith in the run.  And faith that my legs will take me where I need to go.

In other news, besides #OperationComeback, I have been a pretty busy girl

First it was an epic Christmas in July at PIB to celebrate my brother’s birthday since he is now all adult-like.

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This past weekend, I was able to witness and be there to support the beautiful wedding of Jess and Ryan.  I swear I am straight out of Wedding Crashers when I say that my favorite season is Wedding Season!  Jess looked absolutely beautiful and I teared up when she started to walk down the aisle and I caught the glance that passed between her and Ryan.  So full of hope, love, admiration, excitement, wonder, and faith.  A true moment that causes time to stop.

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